Study – Acupuncture for Menstrual Pain


The 2008 issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reported on a German study that confirmed the effectiveness acupuncture had on menstrual pain in women.

acupuncture for migraineThis study had two hundred one participants, women of course, who were assigned to acupuncture or no acupuncture at random. The group that received acupuncture treatments reported a thirty percent improvement in the levels of their pain compared to those who only received standard treatments.

Dr Claudia Wiit of the University Medical Center in Berlin stated that “Patients with chronic menstrual pain that were treated with acupuncture showed significant improvements in pain intensity and quality of life compared to the patients who received standard care. Based on the results, acupuncture should be considered a viable option in the management of all patients affected by menstrual pain.”

The study was funded by social health insurance groups, which provides health insurance to over ten percent of the German population.

Acupuncture for Menopause

Menopause is the point in time when the menstrual cycle has ceased for one full year. At this time a woman will no longer be fertile. During the transition phase prior to menopause, which is known as perimenopause, estrogen circulating  in the body can range from large amounts to to very little. This fluctuation can cause a wide variety of symptoms such as night sweats, dry skin, hot flashes, increased body weight, migraines, pain in the joints, memory loss, moodiness, fatigue, or insomnia. These symptoms can range from very mild to extremely severe.

Treatment with Traditional Chinese medicine including acupuncture and herbs will address the symptoms of perimenopause, and menopause which is also called the climacteric.  These methods of treatment will target imbalances in the system in order to treat the symptoms associated with the patient. Each patient will each have a different set of symptoms, so it is only natural that the treatment will be unique to each person.

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Acupuncture for Postpartum Recovery

Childbirth is a powerful event that every new parent remembers for the rest of their lives. That being said, the rigors of birth is exhausting, and can completely drain the new mother’s energy. Of course, energy is exactly what a new parent needs in order to take care of a child and survive the first days and weeks of the postpartum period.  Postpartum acupuncture and traditional  Chinese medicine can help. Acupuncture treatment and other TCM methods will help a new mother through the first couple of months after childbirth by treating symptoms such as exhaustion, mastitis, post-operative healing, excessive lactation, low lactation, night sweats, postpartum depression, fatigue, and more. Acupuncturists will target points that help heal women physically, psychologically, and emotionally.

If you are interested in acupuncture and oriental medicine to help you through your pregnancy, childbirth, or postpartum recovery then don’t hesitate to contact me for more information today.

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Women’s Health and Acupuncture : Los Angeles Acupuncture and Wellness

acupuncture for womenThe top health problems associated with women today can all be treated or prevented through the use of acupuncture and oriental medicines. Throughout the history of the world, these techniques have been used to keep people of either gender naturally healthy and to prevent any illness or disease. Below are the top five women’s health problems faced today and how acupuncture can help.

Common Health Problem #1: Gynecological-Related Problems

These problems can include endometriosis, menopause, premenstrual syndrome, infertility, or fibroids. Fortunately, gynecological problems are a bit easier to manage with acupuncture and oriental medicines than other problems. By restoring the flow of life energy in the body, these techniques can prevent any gynecological problems of occurring or to treat them.

The most common gynecological problem women face is menopause. Menopause is the period when the ovulation of a woman ceases permanently. During this time all sorts of symptoms can occur due to the dramatic decrease of estrogen in the body. These symptoms include weight gain, joint pain, hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, insomnia, exhaustion, migraines, memory loss, and dry skin.

Oriental medicine and acupuncture techniques does not treat the menopause itself, but the symptoms that arise from it using techniques specific to a person like herbal therapy, lifestyle change, dietary change, and exercise. Each person receives their own special treatment plan in order to maximize the recovery process.

Common Health Problem #2: Cardiovascular Disease

This disease is considered the most life-threatening of them all in women. Statistics show that twenty-nine percent of all deaths in women are due to cardiovascular problems. It is true that more men are diagnosed with a cardiovascular problem of some sort, but with women cardiovascular system is not as checked as thoroughly as it should so it is often that the condition is discovered far too late. It’s extremely important that women take the necessary precautions and get their cardiovascular system checked as well as look into implementing oriental medicine and acupuncture to prevent any problems from occurring.

The preventative steps a woman will be advised to take will include eating healthier, exercising more, managing blood pressure, improving sleep, and reducing stress. These steps can all be easier to take with the help of oriental medicine techniques. High blood pressure is the most common cause of cardiovascular problems, and luckily acupuncture is considered especially helpful for lowering the blood pressure and increasing the release of opioids.

Common Health Problem #3: Depression

Up to a quarter of all women face some type of depression during their lifetime. Depressive disorders do not only cause mental problems, but can weaken the immune system as well as ruin social relationships. Symptoms affiliated with depression can include fatigue, insomnia, apathy, or lack of interest in previous hobbies. Eventually, worse symptoms such as sickness and suicidal thoughts can occur if the problem is not taken care of.

To prevent or treat such a disorder, it is important to make sure the entire life energy is flowing well throughout the body. By brining the body, mind, and spirit together as one, the body will feel at its best and treat problems that may be affecting the body. This is exactly what acupuncture and oriental medicine will do and by using these methods you will feel better than ever before.

Common Health Problem #4: Osteoporosis

Over forty million people in the United States alone are affected by osteoporosis in which seventy percent of the people affected are women.  Osteoporosis occurs when there is a decrease in bone mass which induces the chances of fracture occuring. It usually is found in those of an older age, but can be developed early on as well especially to those who put repetitive strain on a specific part of their body. Acupuncture and oriental medicine are both used to prevent join pain and bone problems from happening as well as to upkeep a healthy lifestyle. This is important to start looking into around the age of thirty when the bones in our body stop growing.

Common Health Problem #5: Autoimmune Diseases

Diseases like multiple sclerosis, diabetes, thyroid disease and lupus are all considered autoimmune diseases, which is a condition where the body’s own immune system attacks itself as well as other tissues in your body. The American Autoimmune Release Diseases Association has found that about eight percent of the population is affected by a type of autoimmune disease; women make up eighty percent of that population. Standard medical procedures have trouble treating autoimmune disease, so it is best to look for alternative routes such as oriental medicine and acupuncture. Both of these methods have been proven to manage the symptoms of an autoimmune disease as well as regulate the immune system.

As you can see, oriental medicine and acupuncture are important to both prevent and manage all sorts of conditions. If you have such a condition or just want to improve your life in general, contact me in order to set up an appointment.

Los Angeles Acupuncture for Menopause

Oriental medicine and acupuncture have been used for thousands of years in order to meet the needs of the human body, women in particular. The most common problem women face is menopause, which can be completely managed using these two methods. By fixing imbalances in the system, oriental medicine and acupuncture can efficiently relieve the symptoms of menopause to make the entire experience easier.

So what exactly is menopause? It is the time during a woman’s life where the process of ovulating ceases permanently. This transition phase usually occurs in women around the age of fifty, but can even start to happen at around thirty-five years of age. The symptoms associated with menopause include headaches, vaginal dryness, insomnia, night sweats, moodiness, memory loss, exhaustion, weight gain, joint pain, and hot flashes (more information about hot flashes below).

Those who specialize in oriental medicine and acupuncture state that menopause only occurs when the body absolutely needs the blood and energy in order to sustain itself. Menopause is said to be a signal that the flow of energy that is responsible for fertility is no longer available. This flow comes from the kidney which is considered the main source of all life energy, or Qi, in the body. Once this fertility energy runs out, all of the resources used in that process go towards nourishing a woman’s body and spirit.

Of course, it is not an easy time for women during this period. Most women start a treatment called Hormone Replacement therapy as soon as the symptoms of menopause begin to appear. Unfortunately, this treatment can cause nasty side effects such as ovarian, uterine, or breast cancer as well as other life-damaging conditions. This is why it is best to look into a natural alternative with good side effects. Oriental medicine and acupuncture can do just that.

Besides acupuncture sessions, lifestyle changes will need to be made as well. The body will need to be at a healthy weight limit while following a diet rich in nutrients. In order to best aid in the relief of menopause symptoms, it is best to avoid smoking, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, stress, anxiety, and spicy foods.

Acupuncture for Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are typically caused by menopause, which acupuncture has been proven to reduce through several studies. It has been discovered that two months of acupuncture sessions had extremely reduced the chances of severe hot flashes occurring in patients by around thirty percent. This was compared to a control group who had a placebo acupuncture treatment, meaning the needles used were non-penetrable. Both groups had undergone about ten treatments in the two months by professional acupuncturists. The results at the end of the test showed that a significant number of those who had acupuncture had a decreased severity of hot flashes compared to those who had the placebo treatment. Both groups did not have a major drop in the frequency though, but acupuncture made it much easier to handle.

If you are going through menopause or are starting to see the symptoms of it, be sure to give me a call so we can set up an appointment discussing your acupuncture and oriental medicine options today.